Are humans de-evolving?
We are not very smart as a species. Seriously, we doing lots of very stupid stuff.
We tried killing off the entire population during world war I & II.
We irradiated the planet on numerous occasions bombing the bikini islands, hiroshima, etc.
Shall I go on?
@FN - 2187, red herring.
@Billy-Bob, if thats true hen evolution does not do anything useful for us because its our use of intellect that advances us.
@Billy-Bob, if thats true then evolution does not do anything useful for us because its our use of intellect that advances us.
@Kwest, It could be argued as well: and with the election of Assad, Putin, Netanyahu, etc.
@Gerald, atheists engineered the atomic bomb not theists.
@Gerald, atheists created communism, marxism, and socialism not theists.
@Gerald, you trying to put everything off on the theists. That's disingenuous.
Natural selection happens over millions of years not decades?
"Evolution is simply change over time." If that is true then that would mean Darwin was wrong because natural selection, transmutation, etc.. cannot be reduced to simple change over time.
- 2 years agoFavorite Answer
I think I understand what you mean, that evolution should be improving humans and mankind. Not the opposite, by doing stupid and harmful things. Prime examples like subsidising the obsolete coal and nuclear industries as a primary source of electrical power. I can see them as a backup plan or emergency option. Yes the future is green energy, solar, wind, recycling, non polluting abundant sources. Also, science is based on truth, ethics is based on doing what's morally correct. While this country has made strides many others still do barbaric and monstrous things. As a whole human nature can and is sometimes survival of the fittest, humanity is helping others survive. Evolution is in constant flux, meaning what you and I and others do affects it. Christianity teaches us to do good deeds. Darwin says survive. Common sense says care about who and what you love. Do we become self serving barbarians? Do we become socialists? Is there a better way to incorporate all the good concepts? All I can say is every day matters, every deed, every word, every action, and yes lighten up sometimes. We have to be stronger than the barbarians, more caring than the socialists. Improving the human race begins where mother nature left off.
- Anonymous2 years ago
There's no such thing as de-evolving. Evolution doesn't necessarily make things better, that's a common misconception. Evolution is about what gets passed on to offspring. Any genotype that increases reproductive success will get passed on.
- Kevin7Lv 72 years ago
I say no,they are evolving
- JajaLv 52 years ago
Just look at the politics and morality of the people today and I'd say they are fighting against human nature.
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- Chris AncorLv 72 years ago
No we are not de-evolving. The human species is actually quite insane.
- Cal KingLv 72 years ago
Warfare is the norm throughout recorded history. The difference is the destructive power of modern weapons. Quoting the Wikipedia:
"According to Conway W. Henderson, "One source claims that 14,500 wars have taken place between 3500 BC and the late 20th century, costing 3.5 billion lives, leaving only 300 years of peace (Beer 1981: 20)." An unfavorable review of this estimate mentions the following regarding one of the proponents of this estimate: "In addition, perhaps feeling that the war casualties figure was improbably high, he changed "approximately 3,640,000,000 human beings have been killed by war or the diseases produced by war" to "approximately 1,240,000,000 human beings...&c."" The lower figure is more plausible, but could also be on the high side, considering that the 100 deadliest acts of mass violence between 480 BCE and 2002 CE (wars and other man-made disasters with at least 300,000 and up to 66 million victims) claimed about 455 million human lives in total. Primitive warfare is estimated to have accounted for 15.1 % of deaths and claimed 400 million victims. Added to the aforementioned (and perhaps too high) figure of 1,240 million between 3500 BC and the late 20th century, this would mean a total of 1,640,000,000 people killed by war (including deaths from famine and disease caused by war) throughout the history and pre-history of mankind. For comparison, an estimated 1,680,000,000 people died from infectious diseases in the 20th century."
- SmegheadLv 72 years ago
There is no such thing as "de-evolving" because that implies that there is a purpose or direction to evolution; that there is one way in which we *should* be going. This is false. There is no direction. Evolution is simply change over time. What direction that change goes is irrelevant.
Also, no. Your arguments are ridiculous.
- Anonymous2 years ago
With Trump's election it sure seems that way.
We did not try to kill the entire population during world war I & II
There has been too many nuke tests, yes
- Anonymous2 years ago
Evolution does not imply an improvement in intellect; therefore de-evolution would not imply a reduction in same.
- FN - 2187Lv 62 years ago
Some will claim liberals are, but others will claim conservatives are. I say we are all through the use of better technology in a way. I mean things are coming faster and we don't even have to leave our homes from them. That's evolution right there